uountess aJtmoenino, will aoat on it. I don't think it will be out of Pandolfmi's way, if you tell it to the little Albizzi. You see I have not forgot the tone of my Florentine acquaintance. I know I should have translated it to them: you remember what admirable work I used to make of such stories in broken Italian. I have heard old Churchill tell Bussy English puns out of jest-books: particularly a reply about eating hare, which he translated, ; j'ai mon ventre plein de poil.' Adieu!
131. To HOEACE MANN.
Houghton, Sept. 17, 1743.
As much as we laughed at Prince Craon's history of the King and Lord Stairl, you see it was not absolutely without foundation2. I don't just believe that he threatened his master with the Parliament. They say he gives for reason of his quitting, their not having accepted one plan of operation that he has offered. There is a long memorial that he presented to the King, with which I don't doubt but his Lordship will oblige the public. He has ordered all his equipages to be sold by public auction in the camp. This is all I can tell you of this event, and this is more than has been written to the ministry here. They talk of great uneasiness among the English officers, all of which I don't believe. The army is put into commission. Prince Charles has not passed the Rhine, nor we anything but our time. The papers to-day tell us of a definitive treaty signed by us and the Queen of Hungary with the King of Sardinia, which I will flatter myself will tend to your defence3. I am not in much less trepidation about Tuscany than Richcourt is, though I scarce think my fears reasonable; but while you are concerned, I fear everything.
LETTER 131.—* See the previous command.
letter. 3 The Treaty of Worms, signed
2 Lord Stair had resigned his Sept. 13, 1743.